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He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands

Joan of Arc - He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #847 / 876
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands isn’t without resemblance to its distant forebears. It’s evident that the most prominent consistencies between then and now would be the creative tics of the one founding core member, but it is nonetheless impressive that Kinsella’s hyperactive imagination has relented so little.

70
Exclaim!

He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands is a minor gem in the Joan of Arc discography, as Kinsella gives listeners more simply by pulling back.

60
AllMusic
If it's possible to be refreshing and somewhat tedious at once, this album nails it.
60
Drowned in Sound

He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands is by no stretch of the imagination the most disagreeable Joan of Arc record to date, or the most impenetrable, either; some of the soundscapes here are pleasingly smooth given how scattershot Kinsella’s approach so often is.

50
Under The Radar
They are sincere apologists of the experimental, who've been at the game for years, but their experiments can be off-putting, if one doesn't go into it with an extremely open and forgiving mindset.
43
A.V. Club

He’s Got The Whole doesn’t sound like anything else in Joan Of Arc’s catalog, becoming uncompromisingly singular in its scope. And while that’s rewarding—these songs would never be mistaken for any other band—by that same token, it’s often so obtuse it feels like it’s not meant for anyone but its creators.

38
Pitchfork
It plays like Kinsella’s belated answer to the smirking whimsy-pop of the Unicorns, but without the inclusive spirit, and it may be the most overtly irritating thing he’s ever done.
squeejie
15
“like getting tased in the balls, except it’s bad.”

- Douglas Reynholm , The IT Crowd
Fallendomino
23
Art rock dialed to 11. If the conjuring of negative emotions is what this album intends to do, it does it well.

Notable Songs: Nothing to note
erik
75
I'll admit, "Smooshed That Cocoon" and "This Must Be The Placenta" didn't give a lot of good first impressions; they're basically the audio equivalent of the worst, annoying kind of a mildly autistic child (I'm a high-functioning autistic, so don't @ me). But the later tracks really wowed me in terms of the tone mixture; songs like "Grange Hex Stream," "Cha Cha Cha Chakra," and "Two-Toothed Troll" are moody, seemingly pieces that always show ... read more
WildChameleon
30
Insetead of hated this album, I laughed. It sounds way too much uncohesive (there's a limit in negativity) ... but tracks by tracks :

+ pretty vast palette of sounds ...

- ... That's all
- Uncharming vocals (omg especially the woman, it's horrible ...)
- Poor lyrics
luisdelrey2016
40
✔ "Cha Cha Cha Chakra", "Grange Hex Stream" and "New Wave Hippies"
✘ "Stranged That Egg Yolk", "Two-Toothed Troll", "Never Wintersbone You", "F Is for Fake" and "Ta-ta Terrordome"
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Track List

  1. Smooshed That Cocoon
  2. This Must Be the Placenta
  3. Stranged That Egg Yolk
  4. Full Moon and Rainbo Repair
  5. Cha Cha Cha Chakra
  6. Grange Hex Stream
  7. Two-Toothed Troll
  8. New Wave Hippies
  9. Never Wintersbone You
  10. F Is for Fake
  11. Ta-ta Terrordome
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Added on: October 5, 2016